3 out of 10 Mexicans improved in well-being

According to Mexico, how are we doing? Only eight states improved their score between 2019 and 2020. Source: Mexico, how are we doing? / Graphic: Erick Zepeda


Only three out of 10 Mexicans experienced an improvement in their well-being between 2019 and 2020.

This was determined by the 2020 Social Progress Index, which showed that, in the reference period, 8 states saw their score increase, in which 29 percent of the population is based and they were Baja California, Baja California Sur, Chiapas, Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas and Tlaxcala and Hidalgo.

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This implies that only 36.7 million people out of 125.9 million saw their well-being improve over the period.

“The cases of Sinaloa, Baja California Sur and Tlaxcala stand out, states that are in the middle of the table in per capita income, and that rose 5, 12 and 7 places, which shows that when resources are applied well they can advance in well-being” he said Sofía Ramírez, director of Mexico, how are we doing? In the presentation of the study.

The index showed that 22 states remained stagnant and two saw their scores fall (Zacatecas and Querétaro), so that 70 percent of Mexicans did not see their social progress increase.

The Social Progress Index measures social progress beyond GDP, and analyzes 55 indicators in three dimensions: basic human needs, fundamentals of well-being and opportunities.


One of the details that were released in the report is that although there is a strong relationship between per capita income and social progress, it stood out that having a high GDP per capita is not synonymous with high social progress, and proof of it These are the oil states of Campeche and Tabasco, which are the ones with a medium-high GDP per capita, but they are not among the best in social progress, which means that wealth must be properly managed.

In contrast, lower GDP per capita is associated with low social progress, and this pattern is followed by Chiapas, Oaxaca and Guerrero.

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By components, in the Basic Human Needs, the Mexico report, how are we doing? He pointed out that security continues to be the country’s Achilles heel, as it is the worst evaluated concept in most entities.

“I highlight the case of Quintana Roo, which we all see as if it were the dream as an economic advance before the pandemic, but the deterioration it has had in terms of security has also been noted.

“That is why the institutional development of the states is important, so that economic growth is accompanied by greater well-being,” said Carlos Brown, an expert economist from Mexico, at the index presentation, how are we doing?

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